Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated October 18, 2022
Q: I recently had COVID-19, do I have to get the Booster?
A: Yes. Marist College is following CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccine series and booster.
According to the CDC “Getting sick with COVID-19 offers some protection from future illness with COVID-19, sometimes called ‘natural immunity.’ The level of protection people get from having COVID-19 may vary depending on how mild or severe their illness was, the time since their infection, and their age. No currently available test can reliably determine if a person is protected from infection.”
With regard to timeframe, the CDC guidelines state that individuals with recent cases of COVID-19 can receive the vaccine “once they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation.” Individuals with recent infection may consider delaying vaccination after infection for up to 90 days if recommended by their healthcare provider. Individuals who received treatment with either monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma may need to delay vaccination for 90 days after treatment.
Q: Why is Marist requiring a booster shot for students, faculty, and staff?
A: Scientific evidence has shown that immunity to COVID-19 wanes over time. Even before the emergence of the Omicron variant, the CDC was recommending boosters as a measure to strengthen immunity, particularly against the most severe forms of the disease. Data shows that the Omicron variant is more transmissible than Delta, and the currently circulating BA2 and other Omicron subvariants are even more transmissible than Omicron itself. Public officials are strongly urging boosters as the most important safety measure to prevent severe disease and hospitalization.
Marist strongly recommends students and staff obtain the bivalent booster approved in late August of 2022, if eligible for a booster. The bivalent booster is designed to provide broad protection against COVID-19 and better protection against COVID-19 caused by the currently circulating Omicron variant. Booster eligibility depends on your age, your health status, when you completed your primary vaccine series, and when you received your most recent booster dose of monovalent vaccine. You can check your eligibility for a booster here.
Q: How do I update proof of my booster?
- Log on to marist.medicatconnect.com
- Sign in using your Marist account credentials
- Select “Upload”
- Choose the document you are uploading: “COVID Booster”
- Upload an image of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
- Click Upload
Q: Do I have to get the same type of vaccine for my booster shot?
A: The CDC and FDA approved mixing vaccine manufacturers for the booster dose. Please consult your physician or a medical provider for individual guidance regarding which booster shot is appropriate for you.
Q: Am I required to have completed a vaccine series before arriving on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year?
A: Yes, effective August 1, 2022, all students, faculty, and staff must have completed a vaccine series and at least one booster (if eligible). Documentation of all COVID-19 vaccine doses must be submitted to marist.medicatconnect.com.
Q: I received or will receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of the United States. Will this be accepted as proof of vaccination?
A: Yes. While Marist strongly encourages all students to obtain a vaccine with FDA emergency use authorization, the College will accept vaccines on the World Health Organization- Emergency Use List (available HERE) for any international faculty and staff.
Q: Can I access campus without being vaccinated?
A: Both students and employees must either be fully up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination (see definition above) or have a valid medical or religious exemption on file. Please click here for instructions on filing an exemption. If needed, unvaccinated employees should work with the Office of Human Resources to make arrangements to access campus.
Q: Can I appeal the College’s exemption decision?
A: There will be no appeal of decisions made by the College regarding exemptions.
Q: What do I do if I have been vaccinated but I misplaced my vaccine card?
A: Contact the healthcare provider or county health department where your vaccine was administered.
Q: Why is the College requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all on-campus students, faculty, and staff?
A: Vaccination against COVID has been shown to be highly effective at preventing moderate to severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Vaccination also significantly decreases infection rates and transmission. It is the most effective intervention that will push COVID-19 infection to the background, and keep case rates among the campus community very low. A high vaccination rate among the entire Marist community will allow the campus to return to and maintain normal operations, with minimal to no restrictions on activities.
Q: Where can I get an off-campus vaccination?
A: COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are readily available at all the local pharmacies. Consult the pharmacy websites directly to make an appointment online.
You can also utilize Vaccine Finder, a centralized, searchable database, to track vaccine availability in pharmacies, health care providers, and municipalities across the United States.
Q: Can I email my vaccine exemption request?
A: No. All vaccine exemption request forms must be submitted through Marist’s secure exemption portal which can be accessed here. Medical exemption request forms can also be uploaded directly to the Health Services portal, Medicat. Students and employees should not email health information.
Q: Are students enrolled in fully online programs required to submit documentation of vaccination?
A: No. While Marist encourages all students, faculty, and staff to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, only those who will be in-person during 2022-23 academic year, or who are on-ground student-athletes are required to submit documentation.
Q: I am in an online program, can I be on campus?
A: Yes. Fully online students may visit campus as a guest.
Q: Is the vaccine required for individuals who have documentation of prior COVID-19 illness?
A: Yes. According to the CDC, individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 should be vaccinated. “Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again.”
Q: Will online classes be offered for students who choose not to be vaccinated?
A: Students who choose not to be vaccinated can enroll in existing fully online programs. We do not anticipate a remote option for courses that are offered fully on-ground.
Q: If I’ve already uploaded my vaccine documentation do I need to do it again?
A: No. Vaccine and booster documentation uploaded for the 2021-22 academic year will fulfill this requirement.
Q: Is there a way for me to confirm that the College has my vaccine documentation?
A: Yes. If you have already uploaded your information, you can verify its status through the following instructions. Please do not contact health services to verify this information.
Q: If I was vaccinated at 51 Fulton Street in the Spring of 2021, do I need to upload documentation of my initial vaccination series?
A: No. If you received your primary vaccine series doses at 51 Fulton or at WMC during the COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Spring 2021 AND you swiped your Marist ID before departing the building, your vaccine information was automatically updated in Medicat. If you did not swipe your ID, then you must upload your vaccination documentation in Medicat.
You will need to upload documentation of your booster doses when/if eligible. Booster dose vaccine was not offered on campus at Marist.
Q: Can I submit documentation of my NYS Excelsior Pass as proof of COVID-19 vaccine?
A: No. Excelsior Pass provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results; but it does not provide details of vaccination date(s) and type, which is required information to be submitted.
Q: Will there be exemptions to immunization against COVID-19?
A: Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Please click here for instructions on filing an exemption.
Q: What is the process if a student or employee tests positive during the semester? Where do they isolate?
Q: Can I get tested for COVID-19 if I have no symptoms?
A: Members of the Marist community may utilize rapid antigen self-testing kits available at the Marist bookstore and local pharmacies for any COVID-19 testing situation. Testing is also available at local pharmacies and urgent care centers, such as CVS, Walgreens, Emergency One, PulseMD and Caremount.
Q: What is the required procedure to access campus as a guest?
A: There are no COVID-19 related restrictions for guests to access campus. While the current status of the pandemic allows us to lessen restrictions, we must remain flexible should public health conditions change.
Q: Are students required to wear masks for the 2022-23 academic year?
A: Effective, February 18, 2022, Marist has modified its masking policy to be mask optional. We encourage a “mask friendly” approach, whereby those who wish to wear a mask respect those who do not, and those who do not wish to wear a mask respect those who do. As a campus community, we ask that everyone demonstrate empathy and understanding toward each other as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together. Those who would like to obtain a supply of either surgical or KN-95 masks may do so by emailing PPE.email@example.com.
Q: I recently received the flu shot. Do I need to wait to get my COVID-19 booster?
A: According to the CDC, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.
Q: If I become ill, can I get tested at Marist?
A: Students who are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19can access symptomatic testing through Marist’s Health Services.
As always, symptomatic students must contact Health Services to seek care at (845) 575-3270 or Health.Services@marist.edu, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Outside of these hours, students can contact the Office of Safety and Security 24 hours per day, seven days per week at (845) 471-1822.
Q: If I am exposed, can I get tested at Marist?
A: Marist Health Services provides testing for any students who develop symptoms of COVID-19, including those who have been exposed. Student who have been exposed but do not develop symptoms can access testing as listed above under “Can I get tested if I have no symptoms”. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic employees who are exposed will need to access testing in the local community, or by using a self-test kit available over the counter.
Q: If a student is feeling ill, how is Marist distinguishing between students who need a COVID-19 test and those who do not? Is Health Services assessing this? How does quarantining and testing work with general illnesses?
A: Marist medical professionals will assess students who present to the Health Service with respiratory virus or other COVID-19 symptoms and respond appropriately.
Q: When can I return to campus after contracting COVID-19?
A: Marist College policy for isolation with COVID-19 follows the CDC guidelines, which specify that a person must complete a 5-day isolation after either the start of symptoms or the date of a positive test, whichever occurs first. In addition, the CDC recommends that a person be fever free for 72 hours without using any antipyretic medication, and whatever symptoms they might be experiencing are improving. Please reference the Marist College guidelines for isolation and exposure precautions here.
Q: How often will students be tested?
A: Given the high vaccination rate and low incidence of COVID among the Marist College community, Marist is not currently requiring surveillance testing of asymptomatic students or employees. This policy is subject to change depending on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak on campus, and in the surrounding community.
All symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status, will be evaluated by Health Services, and tested at the Health Service where clinically appropriate.
Q: Will the College provide isolation housing to students who test positive for COVID-19 during the school year?
A: The College isolation policy requires that students and employees safely return home or to other off-campus locations for the time duration required for isolation. Marist is only providing general isolation facilities on a limited case-by-case basis.
Q: What do I do if I am exposed to COVID-19?
A: Reference the Marist College exposure guidelines and review the section “If you have been exposed to COVID-19.”
Q: Will I be required to get the flu vaccine?
A: No. For the 2022-23 academic year, the flu vaccine is strongly recommended.
Q: Can I receive my flu vaccination through Marist?
A: As it has done in the past, the College will offer periodic flu vaccine clinics on campus to make it easier for the community to protect itself against influenza. More details will be provided about flu clinics as they become available.
Q: If I defer one semester, how will my financial aid be determined?
A: If a student defers for one semester, their financial aid package will be prorated by one semester.
Q: If I defer a year, do I have to reapply for a new financial aid package?
A: Yes, students must reapply for financial aid each year.